Joe Henderson: Recorda Me
Recorda Me [aka Recordame, Recorda-me]
Joe Henderson (tenor sax)
Page One (Blue Note BST-84140)
Composed by Joe Henderson.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 3, 1963
Rating: 97/100 (learn more)
Like its more recognizable album mate "Blue Bossa," "Recorda Me" is bossa nova at its core. However, this Joe Henderson-penned tune boasts a shiftier rhythm underneath and busier thematic lines out front. Another difference is that Henderson leads off the soloing this time, and it's here that his careful phrasing and modulation of intensity testify to his tenor mastery. Kenny Dorham contrasts nicely by holding his notes where there might be spaces. Tyner's own lead shows off a little bit of his familiar detached, right-hand arpeggios before a horn line signals the transition back to the head.
"Recorda Me" became a longtime staple in Joe Henderson's live performances and has been covered by acts as diverse as the fusion supergroup Steps Ahead and avant-garde giant Anthony Braxton. This early Henderson composition has stood the tests of both time and presentation quite well.
Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron